Gwanda crash death toll rises

A MALE passenger who was travelling in a Toyota Gaia taxi that was involved in accident on Saturday killing a mother and child has also died from injuries sustained in the horrific crash.

Albert Ncube
OWN Correspondent

Matabeleland South Acting Police spokesperson Assistant Inspector Loveness Mangena confirmed the death of 27-year-old Admire Mabhena of Phakama township in Gwanda.

Mabhena who was a nurse at Gwanda Hospital, died on admission at the same institution on Sunday.

The woman and her son have been identified as Nompilo Dube (age not given) and four-month-old Decent Nhliziyo of Mtandawenema in Gwaranyemba village.

Mangena said preliminary investigations indicated the two vehicles were speeding.

She said it is alleged that the driver of the Granvia commuter omnibus, Nhlanhla Matsetloe, who fled the scene following the crash and is still at large, encroached into the lane of the oncoming taxi near Public Construction offices resulting in a collision.

The taxi which was being driven by Godehope Ngwenya and had only Mabhena onboard veered off the road as a result of the impact hitting Dube and her son in the process.

The child died on the spot while the mother died on arrival at Gwanda Hospital.

Ngwenya is admitted at the United Bulawayo Hospitals where he is said to be in a stable condition.

Mangena urged public service vehicle drivers to be careful on the roads and to drive within stipulated speed limits.

She said both drivers could face culpable homicide charges once investigations are completed.

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